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1. 30 Rack : A case of beer.  
2. Alice in Dairyland : Alice in Dairyland is Wisconsin's agricultural ambassador. Based out of Madison (she's employed by the State Department...  
3. Anymore : As used in Pittsburgh, the word means "lately" or "currently" as in "The gas prices are outrageous...  
4. Audrey Seiler : A college girl who allegedly faked her own kidnapping. She was declared missing for several days before all of the...  
5. Brother Jed : I remember going down to library mail when I was in high school in the 80's and seeing Brother Jed speaking to the...  
6. Cafe Montmartre : Café Montmartre is a great little bar on East Mifflin, just east of the capitol. It's a pretty classy place, somewhere...  
7. Chad Vader : Chad Vader is a character from a series of short videos produced locally by Blame Society Productions at the Willy...
8. City, The : People refer to the entire borough of Manhattan as "the city." For example, someone in Brooklyn might say: "I don't...  
9. Drowning Pool : Another hard rock band from Dallas, Texas that got signed to a large label. You've probably heard their song "Bodies"...  
10. Echo Burger : The Echo Tap has a flagship burger, the Echo Burger, that has a 1/4 lb. beef patty, a 1/4 lb. braty patty, two slices...  
11. Elastics : Rubber Bands.  
12. FIB'S : FIB'S is a Chicago-style hot dog vendor that sells out of a trailer in Madison's Library Mall area. The name FIB'S is a...  
13. Hippie Christmas : This is August 15 and a few days on either side. When all the leases in the central city turn over at the same time,...
14. House That Ruth Built, The : This is a nickname for Yankee Stadium, referring to baseball legend Babe Ruth.  
15. Kumeyaay : The Kumeyaay, also know as the Diegueños, are the natives of the San Diego area (and of the southwestern US and...  
16. Largest Cowboy Boots in the World, The : A pair of 40 foot tall and 20 foot wide cowboy boots, located at the North Star Mall.  
17. Leaky Beer : The culmination of all run off and spillage from the beer vendors at a Madison Mallards game. The extra beer runs down...  
18. madison.com : Madison.com is the main media site for Capital Newspapers, which owns both the Wisconsin State Journal and the Capital...  
19. Marshall the Marshal : Highly popular children's television show from the late 1960s featuring Marshall Shapiro as Marshall the Marshal....  
20. Pat McCurdy : The man, the myth, the cult. Performances most tuesday nights at the Regent Street Retreat. "Sex and Beer" - need I...  
21. Pulleybone : A wishbone  
22. San Antonio Local Time : A reference to the relatively laid-back pace of the city.  
23. Sconnie : An adjective used to describe something that is Wisconsin-like, or a noun that simply means Wisconsinite. Wisconsinites...
24. Slugging : Slugging is a form of hitchhiking in DC that benefits both the hitchhiker and the driver. The driver can use the much...  
25. Terrace Chairs : The colored (orange, yellow and green) metal chairs outside at the Memorial Union Terrace. You can buy replica terrace...
26. You're among (drunk) friends : At Wisconsin Badger football games you'll see a number of different creative t-shirt messages. Many of them hold...  
27. Za's Italian Cafe : Za's is an excellent place for Italian food on State Street. Za's serves fast-casual Italian food, not to be confused...  

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NYC is made up of five "boroughs." Each borough represents a different county of New York State. Manhattan makes up New York County; Brooklyn makes up Kings County; Queens makes up Queens County; The Bronx makes up Bronx County; Staten Island makes up Richmond County.

Although it sounds like something made up by a seventh-grade boy, "Show and Blow" is the official name of the new alcohol-related policy for the student section at Wisconsin Badger football games. A student who is ejected for alcohol-related reasons must come to each subsequent game sober if underage or legally sober if of age. Apparently this policy was implemented last year (2007) but I only learned of it this year when the Dean of Students sent a letter to all season ticket holders that explains some changes to the Show and Blow program. Now, after a student is ejected, his or her ticket will be electronically tagged. In subsequent games the holder of that tagged voucher (NOT the person who was previously ejected) will be ushered to a Show and Blow area upon entering the stadium. This has implications for the student ticket resale market, as the electronic tag will be tied to all the vouchers in the season ticket packet in question, and not the offending person at the game.

1. An adjective used to describe something that is Wisconsin-like, or a noun that simply means Wisconsinite. Wisconsinites are often called "Sconnies" outside of the state. The word is now gaining traction within Wisconsin as well, largely the result of the company "Sconnie Nation" that was founded by two UW-Madison students in their Lakeshore dorm room.

2. I beg to differ: my friends and I were using the term "Sconnie" during college in Madison in the 80's. I first heard it from a good friend who hailed from Oshkosh. He now lives in Seattle, and we bought some of the original Sconnie Nation sweatshirts several years ago and had a reunion, specifically to mourn the fact the WE didn't copyright the term. The Sconnie Nation owners can confirm this.

3. Although many naysayers are correct in saying that "Sconnie" is not a term often used by real Wisconsinites, it is certainly a legitimate term, as it is used in other states in reference to Wisconsinites. In Michigan, a Sconnie is someone from Wisconsin.

4. A bogus term made up to sell t-shirts. True Wisconsinites will confirm that no one from Wisconsin uses this term to refer to each other.

Marinara sauce

Local derogatory nickname for Bainbridge Island.